KENICHI ASANO + HiKESHi SPiRiT

Collaboration Work



Asano Kenichi, an artist who fuses pop culture elements with wood carvings and convert them into contemporary art while focusing on the themes of "possession" and "unification" with traditional Japanese arts.
HiKESHi SPiRiT, a brand that passing along Japanese specialty expression, "iki" through clothing.


"Goh No Mono" (A Strong Warrior)
Asano's creation has been based on one's transition to someone/something different, obtaining power through transmissions such as; transformations, spiritual possessions, and puppets.
He presents you with "Goh No Mono" (A Powerful Warrior), a transmission of surface to access another world.
Following the world of Noh's rule, while the drivable cyborg with golden eyes is a transcendence of they and our intentions, its outer shell is a bright luminescent helmet and face cheek armor, fencing gloves, and shin guards.
It expresses a human being who has been deified because of their overwhelming strength.

This work is an acrobatic fusion of traditional technique and futuristic sense, with the creator's the best of his ability and artistry; which deserves to be called BASARA.

BASARA is at the opposite end of "Wabi, Sabi, and Zen," which is a magnificent, exceptional inheritance of beauty.

Derailing from repressive Japanese social structure, it is like a legacy of eccentric Kabukimono during Japan's civil war era or painters of the end of the Edo era.




KENICHI ASANO x HiKESHi SPiRiT Exhibition

2021 6.24thu-7.8thu
Weekdays: OPEN 12:00-CLOSE 17: 00
SATURDAY / SUNDAY: OPEN11: 00-CLOSE17: 00

Asano Kenichi, an artist who fuses pop culture elements with wood carvings and convert them into contemporary art while focusing on the themes of "possession" and "unification" with traditional Japanese arts.
HiKeSHi SPiRiT, a brand that passing along Japanese specialty expression, "iki" through clothing.
At the Asakusa store, where the exhibition will be held, the collaboration products, the work "Goh No Mono (A Strong Warrior") used in the product artwork, and other works that will be shown in Japan for the first time will be on display.
Address: 1-2-12 Asakusa, Taito-ku, Tokyo-to 111-0032 Japan
Access: Ginza Line "Asakusa Station" exit 1
It will be shortened for the time being for the time being.
※ Weekday: 12: 00-17: 00
※ Saturdays, Sundays, Sundays: 11:00-17:00
Tel: 03-5830-8020
Handling brand: fire eraser, five fortunes

6/21 (Mon) -Say Weekday Sales Resume

OPEN 12:00-CLOSE 17:00
<Saturday, Sunday, Holiday Business Time>
OPEN 11:00-CLOSE 17:00




Kenichi Asano

Kenichi Asano is interested when some action or behavior turns a thing into something new, which makes it more energetic. His art themes are puppets, spiritual possession, union, cosplay, equipments, transformation, purification ceremony, and reincarnation. He creates wooden sculptures with these themes.
After graduating from Aichi University of the Arts in 2006, he currently works as a buddha statue restorer while he researches mechanical dolls. At the same time, he is passionate about doing martial arts.
He integrated to play with Japanese traditional techniques and technologies to his art, as he has been influenced by the traditional Japanese sculptures as well as Manga and video games since his childhood.

http://www.k-1asano.com/